The number of people across New York infected with coronavirus was 105, based on state and city tallies on Sunday, as residents prepared for a new workweek full of extra caution about personal contact and staying home if they notice any concerning symptoms.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday that the city had 13 confirmed cases, including a new case of a man in the Bronx. Based on modeling, his team estimated there could be 100 cases in the next two or three weeks, but for most people the illness would result in very mild symptoms, he said.
New York officials said there were 105 cases statewide of coronavirus Sunday. One case of a patient who lives in a suburb and is hospitalized in New York City had been double counted so at one point it appeared there were 106 cases in the state.
Early on Sunday the governor called the inability to test at the Northwell laboratory in North New Hyde Park, which he called the most sophisticated lab in the state, “outrageous and ludicrous.”
On Sunday evening his office said that federal authorities had authorized manual testing at Northwell lab, which would enable it to process about 75 samples a day, but he still wants approval for automated testing at a range of labs, in order to handle thousands a day.
The CDC didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
In New York, officials said Sunday there were 82 confirmed cases in Westchester County, five in Nassau County, and one or two in Rockland, Saratoga, Suffolk and Ulster counties. The governor urged vigilant hand-washing, generous sick-leave policies and avoiding densely packed areas. He said people should try to let crowded subways and buses pass and instead use less-congested ones.
The governor reminded New Yorkers that the elderly and people with compromised immune systems are vulnerable. , but said most people infected likely won’t need hospitalization and will recover. “The biggest problem we have in this situation is fear,” he said. “The fear is just unwarranted.”
Families wondered what might be next after a week in which some private schools closed temporarily and some businesses sent workers home when they learned that parents or staffers might have been exposed to someone carrying the virus.
As the city expanded its efforts to try to contain the spread of the virus, the mayor said he was banning school trips to any international sites, going beyond the prior ban on trips to affected countries.
The city is adding 85 nurses to public schools this week to make sure that all schools have access to a nurse, he said.
The mayor said his team would decide this week whether a half-marathon planned for March 15 can take place. He stressed that people who are sick shouldn’t go to public events, work or travel on the subway.
He said one case of price-gouging of supplies by a Manhattan retailer had been referred to law enforcement authorities.
‘This is a crisis. Help your fellow New Yorkers,” the mayor said.
Many of the New York cases were connected to a lawyer with a Manhattan office who fell ill after going to well-attended religious services in February at a synagogue in his town of New Rochelle, officials said.
The lawyer’s wife posted a message on her Facebook page thanking “all of you for the outpouring of love from literally around the world.”
She said she remained hopeful for her husband’s full recovery, and nobody else in her family had anything more than a slight cough. She said she thought her husband had been run down from hard work and therefore was susceptible to the illness.
“So, I ask all of us who are running on the hamster wheel of life, particularly us New Yorkers, to learn from this and take a moment to take care of yourself,” she wrote. She declined a request for comment beyond her Facebook post.
Thousands of people self-quarantined across the state over the weekend. Gov. Cuomo declared a state of emergency Saturday, which allows expedited procurement of cleaning supplies and having qualified professionals other than doctors and nurses conduct testing, among other steps.
Mayor de Blasio said Saturday that the people in the city infected with Covid-19 include an Uber driver who was hospitalized in Queens, and two additional family members of an Upper West Side man in his 50s, who were mildly symptomatic.
Corrections & Amplifications
The number of people across New York infected with coronavirus was 105, based on state and city tallies on Sunday. An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that there were 106 cases in New York. (March 8, 2020)
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